King Kobra Record Ronnie Dio Tribute Song
The reunited King Kobra have recorded a new song called Monsters And Heroes as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio, the proceeds from which will be donated to Dio’s Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Words: Dave Ling
“It’s an awesome song,” drummer Carmine Appice tells Classic Rock. “The song was originally about growing up and having monsters in your closet, but Paul (Shortino, the band’s new singer) did a tremendous job of patching in a few of Ronnie’s classic lyrics about wizards, dragons, sacred hearts and rainbows in the dark.
“We went ahead and did this because I was very close to Ronnie until he died and so, of course, was Paul. It felt like a really good thing to do; when we recorded it I could feel my hair stand up on end. Everyone that hears the song loves it.”
It’s also available on also iTunes.
King Kobra release a self-titled reunion album via Frontiers Records on April 18. The band’s new line-up features former members David Michael-Philips (guitar), Mick Sweda (guitar) and Johnny Rod (bass), with former Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot singer Paul Shortino taking the place of Mark (now Marcie) Free.